With a Cherry on Top

WOW! Here we are… the flight here was great other than the fact that I forgot the power cord to MY COMPUTER of all things! Thanks to Mary Malone for loaning me her computer!

We arrived in Kiev at 1:30PM and immediately got in a car and raced to Zytohmir (the captial of the region where Aiden was born) to get his birth certificate. Earlier in the week our facilitator was able to get Emma’s birth certificate from her village, but they would not release Aiden’s without us being present. We literally got to the birth certificate office 20 minutes before closing. They didn’t want to get it for us, but our facilitator pressed them and we got it.

We got to Novograd by 7PM and crashed.

This morning  (Friday) we were up bright and early. This was a day that went like this drive, sit, wait, sign, drive, sit, wait, sign…… By the end of the day however we have all of our paperwork done and we have the children’s passports in our hands!!!!!!!!!! 

By 5:30PM we were back at the orphanage to see Aiden and Emma for the first time since our return. We are so grateful for all of your prayers.  THE CHERRY ON TOP of this busy and productive day was that OUR CHILDREN BOTH RAN TO MEET US WITH HUGE SMILES, GREAT BIG HUGS, AND LOTS OF KISSES!

Aiden was the first out of the shoot in his normal fashion and was slobbering kisses and squeezing our necks in 5 seconds flat!  He started saying “Bye Bye” in Russian and was pointing to the door!!!  Emma found us and threw her arms around me with a huge smile and REALLY HUGGED ME!  We played with the kids for about 40 minutes before we had to leave so they could have their dinner. The whole visit was amazing, and we are so glad that they are OURS and this is REALLY HAPPENING!


Love to all,

John and Tracie


19 thoughts on “With a Cherry on Top

  1. YAY!!!! I want to jump up and down and yell for you 🙂 I can’t wait til it’s my turn to share these kinds of stories. I’m so happy for ALL of you and glad they remembered you. So looking forward to that whole family picture when you’re back home again!

  2. Well, you did it. I’m crying again… What a great report!

    Besides what this means for your family directly, it is also such an amazing testimony about the power of love. You really gotta write a book!

  3. Yep tears again! So excited for you folks! Can’t wait to see more pics! Esp of the other kids with Aiden & Emma! Just wondering since your folks were already down, does that mean you have to take a trip here to PA for them to meet their new grandchildren and we might get a glimpse of the whole fam??

  4. How exciting!! I can just see Aiden pointing to the door and saying, “Bye-Bye!” He is so perceptive!! I’m especially thrilled about Emma’s greeting!! We saw a little girl downtown this afternoon , who looked just like Emma!! I wanted to give her a big hug! I like Sarah’s idea———road trip to Pa.!!!!

  5. I am so happy that Aiden & Emma were so receptive to your return!!! Your hearts must have swelled in your chests!!

  6. Oh, how wonderful! What a blessing! I’m so glad to hear this great news!
    Love & prayers,

  7. That is SO awesome! I am so glad they recognized their MOM and DAD! Hope you get to come home early!

  8. Wow! Wow! Wow ! Wow!
    this is sooo exciting! Cant wait til tomorrow morning so i can check your blog again!!!!!!!
    Go God!
    Kim Phillips

  9. Hi, Guys!! Forgot to sign my comment yesterday!! I’m the one who agreed with Sarah, that a road trip to Pa. sounds like it would be in order,soon!!! We’re praying for your new vehicle!!
    All of this wonderful news has sent our spirits soaring!!! Our God is so amazing!!

    Lots of Love, Mom

    P.S. You are setting a beautiful example of FAITH and TRUST!!!

  10. Wow wow!! This is the news we’ve been waiting to hear! Thanks for sharing. So glad it’s going well and ahead of schedule. Also answered prayer.

    I want to meet them now!! But I’ll settle for a SHORT wait!

    Aunt Megan

  11. This made me so happy, I cried. So happy for you that the kids ran to you. That is so awesome! I know you both were over joyed to have them hugging you tight.

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